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Safe driving tips for the holidays

As the holidays get closer, many people are thinking about hitting the roads to visit friends or family. While this is exciting, it can also be dangerous. Between cold weather, snow, ice and increased traffic, traveling over the holidays presents many different risks.

Here are a few tips you can use to get you and your family to your destination safely in anticipation of the holiday festivities.

Do your planning

Careful planning can help you before you even start your journey. Be sure you get all work done on your car before you leave. Get your oil changed, check your tire pressure and complete other routine maintenance. You may also want to create an emergency kit, in case you run into trouble on the road. You can include jumper cables, a first aid kit, cell phone chargers, blankets and other warm clothes, a shovel and other tools you may need on the road.

You should also check the weather and road conditions beforehand. Use a weather website to see what the conditions will be like both where you are and where you are going. Planning for different road conditions like rain, snow or ice can help you anticipate and prepare for the road.

You should also plan out the route you are going to take ahead of time. This can give you an idea where you are going and how long it will take. You can use apps like Waze to help you avoid construction and heavy traffic, so you can get to your destination more efficiently.

Take it slow

Perhaps the most important tips are for when you are actually driving. Chances are you will run into some traffic and other challenging road conditions when traveling over the holidays. Being careful and cautious during your trip can help you avoid accidents and other issues on the way to your destination.

Planning for holiday celebrations takes time and thinking about how to get there is no different. But, like with anything else, being thoughtful and cautious can help. Creating a good plan and using these tips can help you get to your holiday celebrations safely and in good time to spend with your loved ones.

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